The inspiring life of the great St. Vincent De Paul, apostle of charity of seventeenth century France, has been the subject of two exceptionally well done biographies within the last year. Igino Giordani's St. Vincent De Paul, Servant of the Poor, lacks the warmth and the superb illustrations which distinguished Henri Daniel-Rops Monsieur Vincent (Hawthorn- report p. 304), but it is a brilliantly definitive portrait of the priest whose life and actions still influence the world's concept of charity. Vincent De Paul's long career (1580-166) is detailed here in all of its varied phases -- peasant childhood, priesthood, captive slave, chaplain to nobility, reformer, founder of religious orders and the friend to suffering humanity. His two great religious foundations -- the Vincentian Fathers and the Sisters of Charity -- were started to help alleviate human misery, and stand today as his perpetual monument. The reforms he instituted for the clergy of the time persist even now. Giordani's book is indeed a fitting tribute to the man designated by Pope Leo XIII as the special patron of all charitable associations because he ""used the universal values of grace and charity to become the Saint of all times"". Imprimatur.